To All The Creative Exiles …
Ebb and Flow
With the changes that come and go in writing forums over my last eight or ten years there is one phenomena that I’ve observed, which is we’ve all been a part of creative writings that seem to ebb and flow. I know they have for me, and oh how innocent I was at my first crude expressions. Some were horrible and some decent. In the end, as I have accumulated the poetry and stories on this site, I realize that I have backed away from writing some. More than that however, I realize that I have stopped interacting with many great writers here.
Respond to Comments
I tend to come along when I feel the urge to write and jot something down. Usually at that point I will back away and forget about writing for awhile. More importantly, I neglect to respond to the comments. I have failed to say “Thank You” and I hope that you all can forgive me for that. Recently I noticed that our friend, Tony DeLorger, may be leaving us. I truly hope it isn’t because he feels that we have neglected his extensive input, because he has done a lot of editing, writing, commenting, and probably far more.
The Creative Exiles
We who write poetry and stories here know all too well how we have been received by readers and other writers whether here or in other places. Sometimes we are well received and sometimes not. More than that, however, I am evaluating just what I expect from my input. Is it just a comment or two that’s enough for us? Are we “giving back ” enough to those we do share our space with? Is it enough for me, for you, is it enough for any of us? Do the creators of The Creative Exiles need more than a thank you? Where are we to go if we don’t have TCE?
Become More Involved
I think I may try to “double down” a bit here, perhaps try to write more, comment more, share more of that which we may all desire, some appreciation for our art, or for our curse, whichever this writing habit has become for any of us! For Tony Delorger I truly hope he is refocusing his time simply in order to concentrate on the positive aspects of his great writing! May his art truly “pay off ” for him, as with all of my friends here at The Creative Exiles!
Keep Writing. All of You!